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The symbol shows the location of the Whitehaven (Cumbria, England) transmitter which serves 20,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Whitehaven (Cumbria, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Whitehaven transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C43 (650.0MHz)180mDTG-32,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C40 (626.0MHz)180mDTG-32,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Border (England)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C46 (674.0MHz)180mDTG-62,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 60 Freeview channels?

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The Whitehaven (Cumbria, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5SELECT, 5Spike, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, AlJazeera English (SD), Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, Freesports, Home, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, Movies4Men, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network, PBS America, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sewing Quarter, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel HD, Sony Movie Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday, YourTV.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Whitehaven transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 136km east-northeast (67°)
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
regional news image
ITV Lookaround 0.2m homes 0.7%
from Carlisle CA1 3NT, 60km northeast (45°)
to ITV Border England region - 33 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Tyne Tees

How will the Whitehaven (Cumbria, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1968-80s1984-971997-981998-20072007-1321 Nov 122013-1731 Dec 2019-
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E TB E K TB E K TB E K T
C7ITVwaves
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves D3+4D3+4D3+4
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C46BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 17 Oct 07 and 14 Nov 07.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 2kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Caldbeck transmitter area

Sep 1961-Feb 2004Border Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Thursday, 21 July 2011
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Andrea
1:38 PM

There is no freeview signal in CA20 area - again.

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Friday, 22 July 2011
Briantist
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8:57 AM

Andrea: Please see Freeview reception has changed? | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice . I can't help more without a full postcode.

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Thursday, 30 August 2012
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Nick
3:39 AM
Cleator

Could I receive a signal from the full freeview aerial at Caldbeck as opposed to the light on at Whitehaven?

I am located at CA233EF

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:44 AM

Nick: Possibly.

Be aware that Caldbeck's COM channels (those that Whitehaven doesn't broadcast) are on low power of 15kW until 24th October so as to protect against interference in Northern Ireland until it switches over to digital. On that date they will go up to their full final power of 50kW.

The Digital UK predictor "thinks" that all Calbeck COM channels will be variable after that date, presumably due to Divis (the transmitter in Northern Ireland) being co-channel. I say this because one of the COMs is predicted as being good now, when they other two are regarded as variable.

The predictor should be taken with a pinch of salt as such systems can never be entirely accurate. Therefore, I wouldn't be too concerned that reception "will" be variable ?EUR" the objective for the installer is to get it in the best spot.

Different aerials work differently, and so the result could be perfect uninterrupted viewing.


What I can say for certain is that the final situation (both of Caldbeck and the possible interfering Divis) will not be arrived at until 24th October.

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Dave Lindsay
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10:55 AM

Nick: Just to add that if you intend to do it yourself, or get a friend or family member to assist, then you will find a wealth of information on ATV Sheffield's website, as well as an online shop.

Caldbeck uses all Group A channels, so don't be tempted to buy a wideband aerial from a DIY shop as they aren't as sensitive on Group A channels. See this page, including following the link "See the wrong aerial for any A group transmitter":

Digital TV Transmitters

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Friday, 28 September 2012
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Dave
5:36 PM
Whitehaven

Hi I am currently on the Whitehaven lite transmitter but want to change to Caldbeck to increase the number of channels available. Should this be possible at CA28 6NN?

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Dave's 3 posts GB
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Dave
5:37 PM
Whitehaven

Hi my aerial is in the loft

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:51 PM

Dave: Not sure - perhaps roof-top will be required. DUK certainly "thinks" COMs are variable, although as I say above, take it with a pinch of salt.

In any case, Caldbeck's COMs (those channels that don't broadcast from Whitehaven) are on low power until 24th October when Northern Ireland completes switchover. So I wouldn't try anything until then. See my posting above 30 August 2012 10:44AM for a greater explanation.

If your aerial is a Group B one, then this will not be suitable for Caldbeck which is all group A.

Wideband yagis have less gain at group A channels, so if you get a yagi, then get a group A one. See:

Digital TV Transmitters

On that page, also follow the link to "the wrong aerial for any A group transmitter."

Also, have a look around to see if your neighbours have switched to Caldbeck, although the low power COMs may mean that there is presently no advantage as only PSBs will be available (same as Whitehaven).

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Dave Lindsay
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5:54 PM

Dave: If you want to carry out some research, then see how good the signals from Caldbeck on UHF channels 25 and 28 (BBC and ITV respectively) are. HD is on C30, if applicable.

When the COMs go on their full power, this won't be as great as the PSBs. This means that if you can't receive the PSBs from Caldbeck, then logically you aren't going to get the COMs post 24th October.

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Monday, 19 November 2012
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Nicholas Willmott
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

2:29 PM

If the Whitehaven relay serves 20,000 homes that's a lot for a relay, indeed more than some Scottish main trainsmitters which broadcast the full range of Freeview muxes. On those grounds, Whitehaven ought to have got the full range (3 PSBs and 3 COMs). As I've said elsewhere, at the very least, of the relays which were analogue only until switchover, the ones which serve 20,000 homes or more (e.g. Whitehaven, Bath) should have got all 6 muxes.

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